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a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 3:13:23 AM

Just as a preliminary, here is a suggestion.
Note: It only has 2 690's, you could fit 3 680's though. I included 3 monitors. It has a 6 core cpu, which is really unnecessary in most applications.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j1f5
October 1, 2012 3:14:32 AM

Your link is not working. Also, could you use the official format for displaying your parts. I have no idea why you would want to spend this much but if you must part with $6000, we are happy to help. :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 3:53:37 AM

With your budget, you might as well push 3 2560x1600 ZR30Ws..
October 1, 2012 4:00:34 AM

@Jay-Z Sorry not $6000, $5000. I'll copy and paste the parts. I don't know why link isn't working.
Intel Core i7 3930k
Corsair H100
EVGA X79 Classified
3x EVGA GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB
SeaSonic Platinum -1000
Corsair VENGEANCE 16GB(2x8)
2x OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
2x Western Digital Black 1.5TB
Cooler Master HAF X Blue Addition
LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
2x Acer GD235HZbid Black / Orange 23.6" 2ms Widescreen 1080p 120Hz 3D LCD
October 1, 2012 4:02:41 AM

@zared619 I do some intensive video/photo editing. And the LGA 1366 is an old socket(it was like 2009)whereas mine is a LGA 2011(the most recent). I am not fond of Corsair SSD's, I use the OCZ SSD's.
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 4:13:09 AM

hunterpostit88 said:
@zared619 I do some intensive video/photo editing. And the LGA 1366 is an old socket(it was like 2009)whereas mine is a LGA 2011(the most recent). I am not fond of Corsair SSD's, I use the OCZ SSD's.

My bad on the 1366. I put in the wrong i7, and pc partpicker then put in the wrong mobo. I will update it.
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 4:19:35 AM

hunterpostit88 said:
@Jay-Z Sorry not $6000, $5000. I'll copy and paste the parts. I don't know why link isn't working.
Intel Core i7 3930k
Corsair H100
EVGA X79 Classified
3x EVGA GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB
SeaSonic Platinum -1000
Corsair VENGEANCE 16GB(2x8)
2x OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
2x Western Digital Black 1.5TB
Cooler Master HAF X Blue Addition
LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
2x Acer GD235HZbid Black / Orange 23.6" 2ms Widescreen 1080p 120Hz 3D LCD


Get some real water-cooling, you can afford it, and I know the case can handle it.

For a gaming rig, it is quite overkill. But given that its an ultimate rig, thats a given :lol: .

I would swap the tri 680's for dual 7970 Ghz cards, that will save you ~$500 that can go into another monitor. So you can have a proper Eyefinity setup.



October 1, 2012 4:26:39 AM

Ok, I had some fun:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j1zr

And the text version

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j1zr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j1zr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j1zr/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang - XPower II XL ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($363.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($899.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.00 @ B&H)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($588.49 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($588.49 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($588.49 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($164.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone TJ11B-W ATX Full Tower Case ($561.35 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($266.03 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-29 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($117.98 @ Mwave)
Total: $5431.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Spend the other $600 on a custom water cooling system and waterblocks for your 680s, RAID 0 the SSDs and RAID 5 the HDDs and you will have an amazing machine.

:) 
October 1, 2012 4:28:53 AM

Oh, I just got your earlier posts, sorry and I forgot to account for monitors. Whoops.
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 4:29:15 AM

Again, sorry about that earlier. This is an updated build. I did some more research and found that 2 690's is just a little better than 3 680's. These are cheaper and will overclock better if you so desire to do so. I also swapped out the three 1920X1080 monitors for two 1920X1200 monitors. They are larger as well. Additionally, I included a 512 GB vertex 4, which are very good SSD's.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j1zE
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 4:46:50 AM

manofchalk said:
I would swap the tri 680's for dual 7970 Ghz cards, that will save you ~$500 that can go into another monitor. So you can have a proper Eyefinity setup.

+1
The 7970 GHz performs equal in comparison with the 680.
2 monitors is a bit annoying with that big vertical thing in the middle, so +1 to a 3rd monitor too.
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 4:54:14 AM

Why is everyone including Tri-680's with only two monitors? You can only game on one, three or six monitors.

Heres my recommended build.

CPU: i7-3770k. $330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Could have gone to the 3930k, but that would just be wasting money. The 3770k is already more than enough.

Mobo: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3. $270
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Theres your quad SLI/Crossfire support if you want it

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) 1866Mhz CL9 1.5v $97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
16GB cause why not. Only 1866Mhz as higher than that the voltages rise (which is bad for the Intel CPU) and timings suffer quite badly.

GPU x2: Gigabyte HD7970 Ghz. $450 x2 = $900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would have gotten the Sapphire Vapor-X cards, but out of stock and the 6GB edition is pointless unless you go hex screens.

PSU: Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 1200W. $260 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
No point paying $50 for a Plantinum efficiency. Will support up quad SLI/Crossfire if you went there.

Case: Silverstone Temjin TJ11B-W. $660 (bit expensive this one)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Must have for an extreme rig. Will hold anything you could throw at it.

SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB. $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Dont need more than this, I'm personally having trouble filling my 128GB. Nothing special like RAIDing multiple, its already fast and the cash can be put elsewhere.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM. $100, get as many as you want.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2TB drives because its the peak of $/GB.

Monitor x3: Benq XL240T 24" 120Hz. $390 x3 = $1170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Decent size, no need for 27" IMO. Somewhat small bezels for surround screen gaming.

Monitor Stand: Planar 997-6035-00 Triple monitor stand. $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Was actually somewhat hard to find a Tri-monitor stand that supported the 24" screens.

Watercooling setup: Not entirely knowledgeable about the higher end W/C parts, but $600 should cover it.

Total: $4817
October 1, 2012 4:56:50 AM

For 6000 you better go all out

Case - big, sexy and perfect
3x gtx 680 - Why save a couple hundred when you have some much freaking money to spend?
seasonic kill-a-watt platinum - only the best for a huge budget
2x samsung 8gb kit - best ram on the market. period. overclocks like no body's business
Rampage 4 mobo - will work well for your trisli
i7-3930k - overkill? yes, but why not?
samsung ssd 256gb - fast, reliable

This puts you around $3300

Add around $1000 for a full water cooling loop with pump, radiator(s), CPU block, and 3 GPU blocks
~$4300 at this point

Screw those 1080p/1200 monitors and higher refresh rates. Add 3x 2560x1440 S-IPS monitors for ultra eye candy ($450 each) either catleap, crossover, or any other Korean model, make sure you spend a little extra to get the perfect pixel editions to ensure theyre flawless

That puts you around $5600, this will leave you with ~$400 for harddrives or whatever else you wanna add

Not too shabby
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 5:08:49 AM

@manofchalk
The OP is not gaming on this rig. Heavy video editing/rendering.
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 5:12:13 AM

Then he might as well get a Quadro card.
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 5:14:32 AM

zared619 said:
@manofchalk
The OP is not gaming on this rig. Heavy video editing/rendering.


Says "Gaming Build" in the title.

And he still has room to play in my build, he could get a 3930k and an equivalent 2011 board if he went a bit over $5000.
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 1:24:17 PM

amuffin said:
Then he might as well get a Quadro card.

That is a very good point.
October 1, 2012 1:57:34 PM

You should probably look at Xeon processors to go with the Quadros. Then you will have the ultimate workstation. What do you think of the SR-2 motherboard?
October 1, 2012 2:06:56 PM

He wants a gaming build so he needs GeForce or Radeon cards.

Also, Quadro is massively overpriced. A Quadro 6000 is a 680 but with different firmware and costs $3000 more.
October 1, 2012 2:22:50 PM

Really? That must be for the top of the line Quadro. I use Dell workstations at Uni with a Xeon and a Quadro. They retail at $3000. A lower Quadro is under $1k.
October 1, 2012 2:24:18 PM

If you takes my advice wait for Haswell that would be a major upgrade from Ivy-Bridge.
Spending those too much bucks will get outdated in 1 year new components are on thier way... Be patient I had create a same thread as yours one in which I asked a build for $8000 after getting too much advices I then realized that spending 8000 bucks is just a waste I am also waiting for Haswell..
October 1, 2012 2:36:33 PM

I'm probably going to get blasted for this, but since you're building from the ground up, you can do really well with ibuypower. http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Erebus_XL-V1# this is probably the one you want. the only thing that I'm not seeing here that you might want is very high rez monitors (highest option here is 1080p) and water cooling option for your video cards. other than that, you can't build it for as cheap as you can have them build it for you.
October 1, 2012 10:59:11 PM

Forgot to add it is gaming derp derp:p . There are a hella lot of posts some I'm only going to hit the major points.
FIrst:
What is the BEST possible watercooling solution(except creating my own)?

Which of these would be the best for 3 monitor gaming? 2x 690's? 2x 7970 Toxics? 3x 680?

Can a Quadro card even game?lolol

What is a massive(most badass)case for this kind of build?

And here I am collaborating all recommendations:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j5rC
OR
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j5tI
I'm well aware that I skipped CPU Cooler(look at my above question).
a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2012 11:29:05 PM

Water cooling is by no means my expertise. I'm going out on a limb here assuming that you are not the most experienced with water cooling since you are asking advice. To make custom style cooling in a big and awesome case, this seems like a pretty good deal.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14189/cst-1229/Custom...

In reference to your GPU question. 3 680's will destroy 2 7970's. As for 2 690's, you will not see a huge performance increase in games with two as compared to one.

I will post some articles for you to gloss over.
3 680's vs 3 7970's
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/25/geforce_gtx_6...

2 680's vs 2 7970's
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/03/28/nvidia_kepler...

I believe however that the 2 690's will do better for the 3 monitor set-up because of the higher VRAM. If you got 3 680's with 4GB of VRAM, I think it would be pretty close. The 680's would definitely overclock better.

If this were my system and my money, I would go with 3 4GB versions of the 680. It also allows expansion for one more.
October 1, 2012 11:37:07 PM

Besides custom loops, high performance AIR is the next best thing. All-in-one loops like the H100 and others arent really that great, and can often be beating by awesome air coolers (such as this .

3x680 is the absolute best besides 4x680 (2x690) but it offers such a tiny increase in performance compared to price its not worth it.

Yes quadro can game but you'd be paying $3000 for $500 performance.

Just get a huge full tower that will fit everything and you like the looks of. For me personally I love lian-li, they looks nice and theyre spacious.

Skip the 3960X and get the 3930K. Its basically the same CPU but $500 cheaper and can be overclocked just like the 3960. Your graphics set up is gonna be overkill even for 3x1080p monitors. Why not stepup your game to 3x1440p?
Also seriously get the samsung ram. I'm telling you its one of the best, better than $200 corsair sets. Its low profile so any cooler will fit without hitting your ram and it will overclock like a beast at 1.5v and better timings than most ram kits. Just look at people's reviews:
2133Mhz @ 9/10/10/27
1900Mhz @ 7/7/7/24
2407mhz @ 10/11//11/28/
a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 12:49:20 AM

The Corsair H100 is, but pales in comparison to custom loops. Even a simple ones like an XSPC Raystorm kit (which is what I use) will see better performance.

HD7970 Ghz cards are best for high resolution gaming. The 3GB of VRAM on them helps at higher resolutions (The 690's 4GB is misleading, there is effectively only 2GB), and AMD has always been the leader when it comes to multiple monitor gaming. The 6GB Sapphire cards are pointless though unless you want a six-screen Eyefinity setup.

Do not know to be honest.

The Silverstone Temjin I posted before. Though if you don't custom Water-cool in it, its fairly pointless.

Agree with the above, the 3930X isnt worth it over a 3930K. I think there's only a 3% performance difference between the two for $400.
a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 1:22:06 AM

I believe that the 4GB version of the 680 does better than the 7970. Even the 2GB was achieving better frame rates than the 7970 in most games.
a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 4:15:52 AM

^If I'm not mistaken, those articles you posted were tested on a regular 7970. The GHz editions perform equal, if not better, in comparison to the 680s.
a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 5:12:50 AM

The 7970 does. After Catalyst 12.7, it took a lead and is cheaper.
a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 5:48:40 AM

If you're going for to water cool, you're looking for at least 600mm of rad space depending on. The number of gpus you want.
a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2012 2:37:28 PM

You guys are probably right. I don't have the cash to dabble in that high end of graphics solutions, so I don't have any personal experience with it.
October 3, 2012 12:54:28 AM

So now for you GPU pros, what is the best for dual card gaming with 3 1080p monitors?

And since I'm inexperienced with watercooling, should I just get the H100?

Why is 12GB of VRAM an overkill on 3 monitor gaming?
a b 4 Gaming
October 3, 2012 1:13:36 AM

You could just get a Thermalright Silver Arrow if you are considering the h100. The Silver Arrow is cheaper and will cool better
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/reviews/11676/cpu-tri...

If you have 3 gtx 680's with 4GB of VRAM, you don't add the VRAM together, it just doesn't work like that. You will still be working with 4GB of VRAM.
a b 4 Gaming
October 3, 2012 1:46:32 AM

HD7970 Ghz are the single GPU cards to get for multiple monitor gaming. They perform ~a GTX680 at 1080p, and take a lead at higher resolution. Are often cheaper as well.

I went straight from air-cooling to a custom watercooling loop, no closed prebuilt in between. Its not overly difficult to set up, or even figure out the parts if you get one of the kits like I did. Drop into the Water-cooling forum, they would be able to tell you which kit/components to get.

Each card has to hold all the textures and such in its memory, the card doesnt share its memory among the others. So if you Crossfire/SLI three 2GB cards, you still only have an effective 2GB of VRAM.
October 3, 2012 10:19:22 PM

Oh sorry not really a GPU guy. So I'm thinking the 7970 Toxic Edition?
October 3, 2012 10:36:47 PM

If your going to spend 6K why not game at 1440 instead of 1080? I would at least read some articles on how 3 way sli/ xfire systems performed at 1440. If you are still struggling to clear 60 FPS even with 3 7970s with three monitors at 1440, then I would just buy three of the nicest 1080 120 hz monitors you can find. Personally, I like the smoothness of the 120 hz monitors over better image quality, but there are lots of people who swear by those IPS monitors you can get for cheap from Korea. Do some research--its the most important part of your gaming setup because the resolution you are gaming at is what determines the kind of firepower you will need.

Even though I am a proud Nvidia owner, I hear that the modern 7970s are the best buy right now, especially for multi monitor gaming. Be sure to get the new version of the 7970, not the one that was underclocked.

Dude, if you rock 3 7970's you are going to have a beast, but that beast is going to get incredibly hot. You are going to need to have a good cooling solution on hand. The minute you start running SLI or Xfire the amount of heat generated goes up by a lot, which means more babysitting. Even in my rig, running two 670s in SLI, the top card runs a full 5 degrees hotter than the bottom one, and I have to turn up the fan profile to keep it below 70 degrees under full load.

I don't know much about watercooling GPUs but I would definitely look into it. I have 7 fans in my case with really good cable managment and airflow -- all of that to keep things under 70 degrees under full load. On top of that, my GPU's have great non-reference coolers. And I guarantee you those 7970s are going to run hotter than my 670s.

Dont get me wrong, I still think you should go 7970, but you better have a good cooling solution if you are planning to run 3 way X-fire.

October 4, 2012 2:16:37 AM

I figured that I won't need 3 cards for 3 monitors. I'm talking about watercooling my CPU not GPU. What cooler do you use for your GPU's though?
October 4, 2012 9:23:34 AM

Either stock heatsink or a full cover GPU waterblock for liquid cooling. Theres really not too much in the middle thats worth your time.
October 4, 2012 4:45:08 PM

hunterpostit88 said:
I figured that I won't need 3 cards for 3 monitors. I'm talking about watercooling my CPU not GPU. What cooler do you use for your GPU's though?


You don't need 3 cards to run 3 monitors, but you might need 3 cards to run 3 monitors WELL. Like I said earlier -- determine the resolution you want to game at and research whether you need 3 GPUs to keep the frame rates over 60. 3 1440 IPS monitors wont be so cool if your only getting 30 FPS (you might only need 2 cards, I don't know for sure, but you should do that reasearch for sure)
October 4, 2012 5:02:16 PM

Case :

Corsair 800D

a b 4 Gaming
October 5, 2012 3:15:13 AM

I don't like the above build. Spending $ for the sake of $ is not wise.
a b 4 Gaming
October 5, 2012 3:19:21 AM

hunterpostit88 said:
I'm just going for one monitor with a high resolution. This is giving me a headache.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jo8Y
There's a little something something.

Not that money is a big deal, but this board is just as good and is cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would also get a case with better airflow. If you like Cooler Mater, go with the HAF.
If you wanna try something else, look at this.
LIAN LI PC-P80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 5, 2012 3:22:04 AM

dude there is no need to spend 6000 dollars on a system you could get a awsome editing system for 3000 just save your self the money instead of buying all the best parts that aren't necessarily needed
October 5, 2012 3:22:27 AM

Why would you even think about going with a 1st gen i7
October 5, 2012 9:53:58 AM

If you want a good monitor with a stunning resolution, go for the 30" Dell Ultrasharp IPS monitor. It's got a higher resolution than the samsung, and is bigger but is much better value for money (it's a stunning IPS display).

It is more expensive but that money could be saved elsewhere in your build as in some places it just seems like you are wasting money (motherboard, processor, case etc....)
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